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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848 by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In 1839, French ventriloquist M. Nicholas Marie Alexandre Vattemare became the original advocate for a public library in Boston when he proposed the idea of a book and prints exchange between American and French libraries. The Mayor of the City of Boston, Josiah Quincy, Jr., first president of the Board of Trustees, Edward Everett, and his successor, George Ticknor, were also at the forefront of the library’s establishment.

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collections
55,699
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Availability
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Always Available
2,664
Available to Borrow
538
Waitlist
Year
338
1997
713
1996
815
1995
1,231
1994
805
1993
425
1989
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Topics & Subjects
9,328
Antislavery movements
6,843
Abolitionists
4,002
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
2,971
Women abolitionists
1,763
May, Samuel, 1810-1899
1,539
Chapman, Maria Weston, 1806-1885
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boston redevelopment authority
1,356
garrison, william lloyd, 1805-1879
895
may, samuel, 1810-1899
779
boston (mass.). election dept
433
chapman, maria weston, 1806-1885
428
boston (mass.). listing board
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English
4,407
French
704
Latin
667
German
537
Spanish
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Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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The Interlibrary Loan Department at the Boston Public Library serves as headquarters for interlibrary loan activity in the Boston Regional Library System. The Department receives requests from the six regional libraries in Massachusetts. These libraries send requests on behalf of their member libraries. These libraries send in requests for books and journal articles. They also can send reference and subject requests. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department searches for these requests in...
Topic: BPL Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
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Anti-Slavery collection (approximately 40,000 pieces). In the late 1890's, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented the library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the Civil War. The major holdings consist of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and Deborah Weston, Lydia Maria Child, Amos Augustus...
Topics: Anti Slavery, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolition
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Collection is acknowledged as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from...
Topics: shakespeare, Thomas Pennant Barton, Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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326
ITEMS
162,979
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The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL) was created in 2004 in an unusual public-private agreement between the BPL and map collector-philanthropist Norman Leventhal. This partnership has enabled us to create public access to the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Library's collection. Mr. Leventhal envisioned that these extraordinary cartographic riches would be the foundation of educational programs for students of all ages. In support of this...
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The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of original manuscripts from the American Revolutionary War era. The letters and documents were drafted by John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, James Otis, Joseph Warren, George Washington and other important Revolutionary War figures. The materials are mostly of American origin, but also include British, European, and West Indian sources. Some of the topics covered include the war’s political origins, the unfolding of military and...
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
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168
ITEMS
134,256
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Material for this collection has been contributed by the Boston Public Library.
Boston Public Library
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OCLC number: ocm07397140
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Topic: Yoruba (African people)
Subtitle varies slightly
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Topics: United States. Navy, United States. Marine Corps, United States. Naval Reserve Force, United...
Source: bplgovdocs
Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House
texts
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Issued in pts
Topics: United States. Congress. House, United States. Congress. House
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OCLC number: ocm07014379
Topic: Drawing
Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House
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Topics: United States. Congress. House, United States. Congress. House
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Government Documents
by United States. Adjutant General
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This register is also issued, later, in the Congressional Documents series, kept in the Special Libraries, wherin particular volumes can be found by means of the indexes and checklist kept in the Statistical Department. One copy of the latest issue is kept in the Information Office
Topic: United States. Army and Navy
Source: bplgovdocs
Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House
texts
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Issued in pts
Topics: United States. Congress. House, United States. Congress. House
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Incunabula
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219
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The BPL’s incunabula collection embodies the varied output of the 15th-century European printing press. The collection is comprised of 574 physical items printed during the 15th century, the majority of which are books (issued either individually or as parts of multi-volume sets). The collection also contains a small number of single-sheet publications, blockbooks, and fragments of books that merit individual cataloging. In total, there are 550 discrete 15th-century editions represented. In...
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
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659
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47,345
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Comprised chiefly of individual editions of English stage plays issued between 1594 and 1799, the Boston Public Library's collection of early English playbooks is extensive and diverse. Numbering well over 1,500 items, the collection also includes masques, pageants, and other dramatic entertainments. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public...
Topics: Boone family, Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Photocopy
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Subtitle varies slightly
Topics: United States. Navy, United States. Marine Corps, United States. Naval Reserve Force, United...
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The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
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v. 1. English and Italian -- v. 2. Italiano ed inglese
Topics: English language -- Italian, Italian language -- English
Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
Boston Public Library
by Vermont; Goodrich, John E. (John Ellsworth), 1831-1915; Knapp, Chauncey L
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Photocopy
Topics: Vermont. Militia, Vermont -- History Revolution, 1775-1783 Registers
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Cookery, American, cbk
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Topics: Names, Personal -- French-Canadian, French-Canadians, Names, Personal -- Québec (Province), Names,...
Bibliography: p. 43-45
Topic: Bell family
Boston Public Library
by Bailey, Gertrude E; Ellsworth, Abbie F; Reed, William H; Bailey, Hollis R. (Hollis Russell), 1852-1934
texts
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Topic: Bailey family
Topics: Carr family, Carr, William, 1597-1672
Boston Public Library
by Babcock, Stephen, 1832-1916, comp
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Topics: Babcock family, Babcock, James, 1612?-1679
Defoe & Defoeana
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Defoe & Defoeana The William P. Trent Collection of Defoe and Defoeana is one of the most comprehensive collections of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries. In addition to writing some of the first English novels, Defoe was a prolific political pamphleteer and is considered by many to be a founder of modern journalism. The nucleus of this 30,000-volume collection is a set of first editions of Defoe’s works, bound in 77 volumes and formerly owned by Henry Labouchère. There are hundreds of...
Boston Public Library
by Allen, William, 1780-1873; Allen, Joshua, 1800-; Homes, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1812-1887
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Topic: Allen family
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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Topic: Erotic literature
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Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946; Neill, John R. (John Rea), ill
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Also includes ''The story of Topsy'' from Uncle Tom's Cabin
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Boston Public Library
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Topic: Baird family
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Bliss family, Morris, Oliver Bliss, Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863
Topics: Chapman family, Chapman, Robert, 1616-1687, Chapman, William, d. 1699, Chapman, Edward, d. 1675,...
Boston Public Library
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Topic: Clark family
Topic: Crime -- United States
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Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
Topic: Bowles family
Topic: Alexander family
Boston Public Library
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
Boston Public Library
by Müller, Hermann Alexander, 1814-1894; Singer, Hans Wolfgang, b. 1867
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5.Bd. (separately paged), Nachträge und Berichtigungen; 6.Bd., Zweiter Nachtrag mit Berichtigungen
Topic: Artists
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese literature is a 10,000-volume collection that covers many aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature and history, including books on art, science, law, and theology. As a collection, the Ticknor Collection is remarkable for its completeness in all that pertains to Spanish literature and belles lettres. Many of these volumes are first editions and handwritten manuscripts that are exceedingly rare. The materials are primarily in...
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Boston Public Library
by Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee), 1834-1895
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Topic: Baldwin family
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
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The Philip Hale scrapbooks contain letters and programs, along with clippings with reviews and criticisms written by Hale and others, all compiled by Hale. There are 60 volumes organized by year, as well as two separate index volumes.
Includes index
Topics: Gentry, Nicholas, fl. 1709, Gentry family
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"Liste des ouvrages consultés": t. 1., p. [4]-17
Topics: Nobility -- France, Heraldry -- France, France -- Genealogy
Topics: Allison, Samuel, 1690-1760, Allison family
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Andrews, Robert, fl. 1635, Andrews family, Microcards
Boston Public Library
by Palizzolo Gravina, V. (Vicenzo)
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Topics: Heraldry -- Italy Sicily, Nobility -- Italy Sicily
Boston Public Library
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
Boston Public Library
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Includes bibliography
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Topics: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Literature
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Government Documents
by United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
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Vol. 3-6 lack subtitle
Topics: Intelligence service, Civil rights
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by Passmore, John Andrew Moore, 1836-1903
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Topics: Moore, Andrew, 1688-1753, Moore, David, d. 1726, Moore family
Boston Public Library
by Avery, Elroy McKendree, 1844-1935; Avery, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden, 1844-1911
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Topics: Avery, Christopher, 1590-1679, Avery, James, 1620?-1700, Avery family
Boston Public Library
by Culbertson, Lewis R. (Lewis Rogers), b. 1867
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Blank pages for "Family records" ([468]-478)
Topics: Culbertson family, Culberson, John, fl. 1712
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"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
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by Abbe, Cleveland, 1838-1916; Nichols, Mary Josephine Genung, b. 1876, joint comp
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Topics: Abbe, John, ca. 1613-ca. 1669, Abbey family
Boston Public Library
by Johnston, James B. (James Brown), b. 1862
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 528)
Topics: Names, Geographical -- England, Names, Geographical -- Wales
Boston Public Library
by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892; Burke, Ashworth P., ed
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Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain Colonies, Gentry -- Great Britain Colonies, Genealogy, Heraldiek, Hogere...
Boston Public Library
by Waters, Henry F. (Henry Fitz-Gilbert), 1833-1913; New England Historic Genealogical Society
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Topic: United States -- Genealogy
Government Documents
by United States. Adjutant General
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This register is also issued, later, in the Congressional Documents series, kept in the Special Libraries, wherin particular volumes can be found by means of the indexes and checklist kept in the Statistical Department. One copy of the latest issue is kept in the Information Office
Topic: United States. Army and Navy
Source: bplgovdocs
Boston Public Library
by Briggs, Samuel, b. 1841
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Topics: Briggs family, Briggs, John, fl. 1638
Topics: Genealogy -- Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County (Pa.) -- History, Schuylkill County (Pa.) -- Genealogy
Attribution to Defoe is based on internal textual relationship to his works of proven authorship together with supporting external evidence. Cf. J.H. Moore. Defoe in the pillory. Bloomington, Ind., 1939, p. 126-188
Topic: Pirates
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by Cox, Henry Miller, 1854-1916
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"Liste des ouvrages consultés": t. 1., p. [4]-17
Topics: Nobility -- France, Heraldry -- France, France -- Genealogy
Topics: Cleveland family, Cleveland, Moses, d. 1701 or 2, Cleveland, Alexander, fl. 1620, Wynn family,...
Boston Public Library
by Holden, Frederick A. (Frederick Augustus); Lockwood, James, 1714-1772
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Topic: Lockwood family
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by Robinson, Caroline E. (Caroline Elizabeth), 1833-1906; Goodwin, Daniel, ed
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Topic: Gardner family
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by Müller, Hermann Alexander, 1814-1894; Singer, Hans Wolfgang, b. 1867, ed
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OCLC number: ocm11297400
Topic: Artists
Government Documents
by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary
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pt. 1-12. The significance of the Matusow case.-- pt. 13. The Communist battle plan.-- pt. 14-16. Recruiting for espionage.-- pt. 17. Communist activity in New York
Topics: Communism, Soviet Union -- Foreign relations 1945-1991
Boston Public Library
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"References used": p. [11]-[12]
Topics: Clark, Daniel, 1622-1710, Clark family
Each section paged separately and many catalogued in LC
Topics: Education, Art, Industrialists, Machinery, Electric industries, Transportation, Agricultural...
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Eaton, Francis, d. 1633, Eaton, John, d. 1658, Eaton, William, d. 1673, Eaton, John, d. 1668, Eaton...
Source: bplsocsci